November 28, 2013 · 519,587 awesome subscribers NEWSLETTER ISSUE #96

The most beautiful data visualizations of 2013

The winners of the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2013 feature some of the best and most well-designed data visualizations and infographics from around the world, from the past year. There are gold, silver, and bronze awards, as well as a few honorable mentions, split up into infographic and data visualization categories, among others (including interactive).

850+ icons usable as 13 Web Fonts 

This fantastic set includes 852 high-quality, professional icons covering 13 different categories in vector format as well as the most popular ready-made icon sizes. This icon set is also a collection of web fonts, so you can simply use basic CSS to control how they look on your site, no images necessary! See the icons

An interactive look at where the web came from

The Evolution of the Web offers an interesting look at how the web has evolved, with timelines for various browsers, including NetScape, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, among others. Points along the timeline correspond to major developments. There are also timelines for various web technologies, and their relationships to the various browsers.

Best Photoshop plugins, scripts, and extensions

Photoshoplr is a Tumblr blog that collects the best plugins, scripts, and extensions for Photoshop, all in one place. Many of the resources featured are free, and those that aren't are clearly marked as such. It's a great place for finding useful PS resources.

An impressive parallax design

Parallax usage has gotten a bit of a bad name recently, partly because it's been overused but under-utilized. The new Firefox OS website has some very impressive parallax effects, that aren't commonly seen. It gives the site a very modern feel, and one that's more interactive feeling than most single-page sites.

A few thoughts on digital canvases

What Screens Want is an essay interpretation of Frank Chimero's talk from Build, 2013, discussing the evolution of technology and what it means for designers. He talks about methaphors as assistive devices, and draws some interesting metaphors on his own.

Responsive design can't fix content

Responsive Design Won't Fix Your Content Problem, from Karen McGrane on A List Apart, discusses the challenges designers and content creators face when it comes to adapting content to work well on smartphone, tablet, and desktop interfaces. It's got some great points that you should consider when creating your responsive design game plan.

Classic paintings get a 21st century makeover

Kim Dong-kyu, aka "art x smart" has given famous masterpieces a 21st century technology makeover. What if the famous girl with the pearl earrings was just trying to take a selfie? Or the explanation for the infamous 'Scream' painting is that the poor guy is upset about a broken iPhone screen? See them here